Covid in Scotland: Bar workers throw leftover ice during closure protest


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Supporters cheered as reception staff staged their protest

Bar and restaurant workers threw piles of leftover ice cream in front of the Scottish Parliament in protest against Covid restrictions.

Protests also took place outside City Chambers in Glasgow after pubs in Scotland’s central belt were told to close for 16 days.

The closures are part of the Scottish government’s new rules to try to suppress the spread of the coronavirus.

Around 3.4 million people are currently subject to the most severe restrictions.

They imply licensed premises in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley and Ayrshire and Arran to be closed until October 25 – although they can still serve take out.

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An ice cream truck has been dumped outside City Chambers in Glasgow

People wearing masks cheered as dozens of Glasgow hotel workers took part in the protest outside the City Chambers in George Square on Friday evening.

Buckets of ice were thrown on the street before a truck threw a huge pile on the road.

Caitlin Lee, an employee of the city’s Blythswood Square Hotel, said the ban on the sale of alcohol has created uncertainty across the hospitality industry.

She said: “Our occupancy rate in the hotel is obviously expected to drop because people cannot go out.

“We are now in a position where we don’t know what’s going to happen. Hospitality and everyone in the hotel business has already gone through the first wave of not being able to work and now we are entering a second wave.

“Are we going to be able to work on Christmas and New Years?” “


Bar workers showed contempt for the new rules

Chloe Fraser, who previously worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, said the industry was being punished. She blamed those who attended illegal home parties for spreading the virus.

She said: “It is clear that people are not obeying the law or not caring about the big picture.

“Hospitality is spending a lot of money putting up the screens, doing all these extra things that they complied with in Glasgow. What happens after hours is the problem.

“These independent companies cannot afford these losses. This is why we see this. “

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Hospitality venues in the rest of Scotland are permitted to open, but are only permitted to serve non-alcoholic drinks and food indoors between 6am and 6pm.

Licensed establishments in these areas are still able to serve alcohol in outdoor areas, such as outdoor gardens, until the 10 p.m. curfew introduced in September.

The Scottish government has released details of a £ 40million support package for businesses forced to shut down due to Covid restrictions.

And British Chancellor Rishi Sunak said employees who work for companies forced to close by law due to coronavirus restrictions are entitled to receive two-thirds of their wages paid by the government.

The program is scheduled to start November 1 for six months.

This precedes a UK government update on Monday, which could also see pubs and restaurants closed in the worst-hit areas of England.


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